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Enchiladas for Aunt Helen’s 90th

Nonna made 3 platters of enchilada’s for Aunt Helen’s 90th birthday. One platter was prepared Nono style, that is with jalapeños. The other 2 platters were prepare Nonna style, that is with…well…watch the video to find out how they were prepared.

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Enchiladas

  • Difficulty: easy. Several parts to this recipe.
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Ingredients

      Shredded Port (made in crockpot)
    • 1-3 pounds port butt. How big a pork butt you want, is up to you. Nonna always likes lefts overs.
    • 1 large onion (quartered)
    • 2 large green bell peppers (sliced)
    • 1/4 – 1/2 cup minced garlic
    • salt and pepper
    • 1 cup water
    • Poblano Peppers

    • 2 poblano peppers
    • olive oil
    • small baking pan
    • Enchilada Sauce

    • pork broth (left over from crock pot).
    • 2-3 cans enchilada sauce (made from scratch is better, but Nonna did a quickie)
    • 1/4 cup Goya salsa
    • Enchilada

    • 1 package flour tortillas
    • sliced black olives
    • port butt
    • roasted poblanos
    • jalapeños (optional)
    • quartered (or chopped) artichoke hearts (optional)
    • shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

    Pork butt:

      1. Place pork butt into crockpot 2. Add onion, garlic, bell pepper, salt, pepper, and one cup water. 3. Cook on high for 8ish hours. Pork is done when it shreds very easily. Time varies based on the pork butt size and crock pot.

    Roasted Poblanos:

      1. Preheat oven to 400° F. 2. Clean out the pepper insides. Remove seeds and stem. 3. Coat lightly with olive oil and place on baking pan. 4. Cook for 10-20 mins. Time depends on how soft you want the peppers. 5. When the peppers have cooled, chop them.

    Enchilada Sauce:

      1. Pour 1 cup pork broth, enchilada sauce, and goya salsa into large mixing bowl. 2. Mix.

    Enchilada Assembly:

    1. Preheat oven to 425° F
    2. Pour 1 scope sauce into baking pan and spread over bottom (just enough to lightly coat the bottom).
    3. Dip 1 flour tortilla into sauce’s bowl. Make sure both sides are wet.
    4. In the tortilla’s center, add some meat, poblano peppers, olives, jalapeños or artichoke hearts, and cheese.
    5. Fold over the tortilla’s sides so they overlap the stuffing.
    6. Place overlapping sides down into the baking pan.
    7. Repeat processes placing enchiladas next to each other (not on top of each other).
    8. When the pan is full, scope sauce over the enchilada. One to two scopes should suffice, not need to saturate the enchiladas.
    9. Bake for 20 mins and check. Enchilada sauce should be boiling and the tortillas a little bit brown. If not ready continue baking for another 5-10 mins. Nonna baked hers for 30 mins.
    10. Remove from oven and sprinkle shredded cheese on enchiladas. Place in oven to melt the cheese (5 mins should do it).


Note 1: This would be an easy and delicious recipe if you have left over shredded pork, beef, or chicken. Meat preparation and cooking is the most bothersome part of this recipe.

Delicious Chocolate Chip Crepes

Wolfie announced that he wanted to cook pancakes during Nonna’s visit. As such Nonna conducted some research, made a few recipe tweaks, and the BEST crepes EVER were made and eaten.

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Nonna's Crepes

  • Difficulty: easy, but time consuming. Lots of parts to this recipe.
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Ingredients

      Whipping Cream:

    • 6 tbsp Powdered Sugar
    • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
    • 2 tsp vanilla
    • 1 large spoonful Hershey’s cocoa (optional)
    • Crepes Filling:

    • 16 ounces ricotta cheese
    • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
    • Chocolate chips (optional, but highly recommended)
    • Crepes:

    • 1 cup AP flour
    • 1 + 1/3 cups milk
    • 4 eggs


Directions

    Whipping Cream:

  1. Pour heaving whipping cream, powdered sugar, vanilla and cocoa (optional) in a bowl (or sealable jar). Mix with an electric mixer, hand shake, or mix with a paint mixer (Nono’s suggestion). An electric mixer is highly recommended. See Note 1.
  2. Mix until the ingredients thicken. The cream should make peaks. Your decision how thick you want it!
  3. Refrigerate until you are ready for it.
  4. Crepes Filling:

  5. In a large bowl, add ricotta cheese and powdered sugar. Stir.
  6. Add chocolate chips (optional). Add as much or a little as you like.
  7. Set aside (in or out of refrigerator) until you are ready for it.
  8. Crepes:

  9. In a large bowl, add flour, milk, and eggs. Mix
  10. Mix until smooth (no lumps).
  11. Heat a small non-stick pan (or use a little non stick spray or butter to prevent sticking).
  12. Pour 1/3 cup mixture in to the pan. You want the mixture to spread out. The crepe is meant to be thin.
  13. Cook until the crepe is slightly brown on one side and flip.
  14. Cook the other side until lightly browned.
  15. Assembly:

  16. Put the crepe on a plate.
  17. Add the filling in a line across the crepe’s center.
  18. Add fruit of your choice (Chef Wolfie recommends blueberries and raspberries).
  19. Fold one side over the filling and then the other.
  20. Scope some whipping cream over the top.
  21. Eat.


Note 1: Nonna put the ingredients in a jar and Nono shook it for 30 mins (give or take). The mixture thickened into soft peaks. An electric mixture would work much faster. Start with a slow speed and then increase as the cream thickens.

Ketolicious Chocolate Cups

Normally we would list the origin of the recipe; however, we can’t remember where this one originated. It a very simple, quick, and tastey keto sweet snack.

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Keto Chocolate Cups

  • Difficulty: very easy
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Ingredients

    • 1 cup cooking coconut oil (melted)
    • 1 tbsp baking cocoa
    • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
    • 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream
    • 1/4 tsp liquid stevia
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp vanilla (Nonna likes Molina vanilla)
    • peanuts (not salted)
    • cup cake baking pan
    • cup cake wrappers


Directions

    1. Over a low heat, melt the coconut cooking oil.
    2. Add cocoa and mix.
    3. Add peanut butter, heavy whipping cream, salt, liquid stevia, and vanilla. Mix.
    4. Continue mixing over a low heat until the peanut butter melted and all ingredients in the pot are liquid. Everything should be nice and smooth.
    5. Put cup cake wrappers into the cupcake baking pan.
    6. Pour the chocolate mixture into the wrappers. Nonna didn’t measure, but she started with a small amount evenly distributed amongst the each cupcake wrapper in the baking pan and then repeated the process until the chocolate mixture was used. See Note 1
    7. Add crunched up peanuts to each wrapper (or any nut you like).
    8. Place pan in the freezer for 1 hour. See Note 2
    9. Serve when they are frozen. .


Note 1: You can make the cups thick or thin. Nonna kept hers reasonably thin (about a 1/4 inch)

Note 2: If you make the cups thick, you might have to leave in the freezer longer than an hour. Just check to ensure they are frozen.

Asian-y Canjun-y Wontons!

Nonna made some wontons. She used salad shrimp, southern spices, and some of her homemade goat cheese. Watch the vid to see how Nonna throws this together!

Check out Nonna’s wontons. This recipe is a delicious Asian and Cajun blend!

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Aisan-y Cajun-y Wontons

  • Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
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Ingredients

    – 1-2 packages Goat Cheese (See Note 2 about measurements) – 1/3 cup(ish) Romano Cheese (grated) – 1/2 (ish) cabbage head (chopped) – 1/2 (ish) broccoli head (chopped) – 2 bags salad shrimp (peeled, cooked or not) – 1/4 garlic (minced) – Wonton wraps – Peanut oil (or vegetable oil) – Louisiana Hot Sauce – Cajun Power Garlic Sauce – Dan Pastorini’s Garlic and Herb Seasonings – Tony Charchere’s Seasoning (or Gumbo Daddy’s Seasoning) – Goya Adobo Seasoning

Directions

    1. Finely chop raw broccoli and cabbage. (See Note 2 about measurements)
    2. Mix goat cheese, romano cheese, cabbage, broccoli, and salad shrimp in large mixing bowl.
    3. Add spices. You can taste test IF the shrimp is pre-cooked. If the shrimp is not pre-cooked don’t taste test. Bottom line is add spices based on your known preferences.
    4. Prep the wonton wraps according to the package instructions. Nonna’s directions said to wet the wraps with water or egg wash. Nonna used water.
    5. Put a little cheese mix in the wonton wrap’s center and fold the wrap diagonally. Be careful not to over stuff the wrap. Pinch and fold the wrap as necessary so that it is closed. A meticulous hand can make the folds and wrap pretty. Nonna’s is not a meticulous hand, but her fold and pinch method was very effective.
    6. Heat peanut oil.
    7. Place a few stuffed wraps in a fry basket and lower into the hot oil. Do not over fill the basket. As the wraps fry use a fork to make sure they do not stick to the basket. Ultimately the wraps should float free. The video gives a good visual of this method.
    8. It does not take long for the wonton’s to cook (including any raw salad shrimp you may have used). Wrap’s are down when they are golden brown.
    9. When golden brown, remove wraps from oil, place on rack and let cool.
    10. Once cool, you can eat the wraps immediately or freeze and eat later. Simply, pull out of the freezer and microwave them for a short period. They are delicious either way!


Note 1: This recipe is fairly time consuming depending on how many wontons you fry. Over all it is an easy recipe, however, stuffing the wontons is a slow process.

Note 2: Nonna did not measure anything that went into the mixing bowl. She likes a little more cheese than veggies and so her mix was cheesy. She loves shrimp, thus, used 2 bags where one might have suited most people. She used enough broccoli and cabbage to improve the mixture’s overall texture (she didn’t want it too wet). She recommends you start with what ingredients you like and work your way through the list. Mix as you go until you have a mixture that is neither too wet nor too dry. It should lean (wet or dry) based your preferences.

Fruit Slushies with Substitute Chef Wolfgang!

Nonna’s favorite (and only) grandson, Wolfie, declared he would make his own slushy, just like his Nonna does. His Momma, being a good Momma, immediately broke out the video camera and PRESTO here is this week’s video! He loves his Nonna and his Nonna loves him!

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Wolfie's Slushy

Ingredients

  • 1 BIG orange
  • 2-3 Strawberries
  • 1 Banana
  • A little water
  • Some crushed ice

Directions

    1. Chop strawberry and place in blender
    2. Peel and pull apart one slice at a time orange and place in blender.
    3. Peel and chop banana (Cookie Monster Chop is fun and highly recommended) and place in blender.
    4. Add water and crushed ice.
    5. Blend.
    6. Pour into cup and serve.

Dead Mike’s Chili

Dead Mike is Nonna’s skydiving buddy. He makes and eats this chili weekly (so he says). Goodness knows it is good enough to enjoy weekly.

Check out DeadMike.Com to learn more about why Dead Mike is called DEAD Mike!

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Dead Mike's Chili

Ingredients

  • Splash olive oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey (or ground beef)
  • 1 lb ground pork sausage
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 3 jalapeños (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced) (Nonna recommends more garlic)
  • 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1 can ro-tel tomatoes (See Note 1)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (See Note 1)
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 3 tbsp ancho (See Note 2)
  • 3 tbsp dark chili powder (See Note 2)
  • Jacobsen Ghost Chili Salt (to taste)
  • Ground Pepper (to taste)
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1 can red beans

Directions

    1. In a big pot, add a splash of olive oil.
    2. Add ground turkey (or ground beef), onion, and jalapeños. Brown meat.
    3. When meat is brown and onions are translucent, add ground pork sausage. Brown meat.
    4. Once all meat is brown, add tomato sauce, chicken broth, ro-tel, and diced tomatoes. Mix (stir).
    5. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
    6. After 15 minutes, add all spices as listed above. Mix thoroughly.
    7. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
    8. After 15 minutes, add pinto and red beans.
    9. Cover and simmer for 15-30 minutes.
    10. After 15 minutes you can serve. If you want the beans softer continue to simmer.

    • Note 1: Dead Mike’s recipe calls for 18 ounces stewed tomatoes.
    • Note 2: The video says teaspoons, but the correct amount is tablespoons.

Black Eye Peas & Cabbage

I am sorry to report that Nonna did NOT make nor eat Black Eyed Peas & Cabbage to ring in 2020. I am pretty sure that makes 2020 her fault. In any event, both Nonna and I (Aunt Winkie) are convinced that if we all eat Black Eyed Peas & Cabbage to ring in 2021, it will much a better year! SSSOOOO here is the “HOW TO VIDEO!”

May YOUR and all of OURS 2021 be a much better year!

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Broken Leg Eggs: A How to Video

In this video Nonna shows you to to prepare a quick and delicious breakfast with a broken leg. It was an AWESOME breakfast in bed!

There is no written recipe for this video, but you won’t need it. This breakfast is quite easy to fix (as you might expect if you are cooking with a broken leg).

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Keto Substitute for Mashed Potatoes

Mashed cauliflower is a great substitute for mashed potatoes. It is easy, can be made with lots of options, and very tasty. Try and let Nonna know what you think about it!

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Mashed Cauliflower

Ingredients

      • 1 Cauliflower head
      • 1/2 to 1 stick of butter
      • Dan Pastorini’s Garlic and Herb Seasonings
      • Jacobsen Chili Salt
      • Gumbo Daddy Cajun Seasoning
      • Cheddar Cheese (shredded)
      • Bacon Bits (optional)
      • Cream Cheese (optional)

Directions

  1. Cut head of cauliflower into chunks and place in microwaveable bowl. Large chunks is fine.
  2. Cover bowl and microwave on high at 5 minute intervals. Check to see if the cauliflower is “mash-able”. If you can “mash” it, remove from microwave. If you can not mash it, microwave for another 5 minutes on high. Nonna microwaved for 15 minutes total checking every 5 minutes.
  3. Add 1/2 stick of butter, cheese, and seasonings. Mash. (See Note 1)
  4. If the cauliflower is too thick, add more butter. Nonna used an entire stick of butter for one head of cauliflower. You could add a little water if you desire (Nonna did not as she doesn’t like it too watery).
  5. Taste test. Add seasonings, cheese, bacon bits (optional), cream cheese (optional), as you see fit. Texture and taste are per your preferences. (See Note 2)

Note 1: Nonna mashed the cauliflower with a Nylon Masher. You can use a food processor if you desire. Nonna likes hers a little lumpy, thus, the hand masher.

Note 2: Other than the butter, there are no measurements. It depends on texture and taste. Start with less ingredients and add as you desire.

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